2nd International Workshop on Resilience was held successfully in Nanjing-Shanghai, China, during October 31 - November 2, 2018. The Conference Chairs were Professor Zhishen Wu, Southeast University and Professor Xilin Lu, Tongji University. The organizing committee consisted of Zhishen Wu (Southeast University-Co-Chair), Xilin Lu (Tongji University-Co-Chair), Mohammad Noori, Cal Poly and SLO (Southeast University (Visiting Professor)), Jian Zhang (Southeast University), Gian Paolo Cimellaro (Politecnico di Torino), Ying Zhou (Tongji University), Professor Ertugrul Taciroglu (UCLA).
To address the fundamental issues of the Workshop, both senior researchers who have a broad view of the field and some of the most promising young researchers who will lead the activities in the decades to come were invited.
The workshop comprised presentation and discussion sessions. The workshop aimed at firstly examing the state of knowledge in light of the lessons learned from recent major disasters, as well as discussing the importance of resilience assessment of infrastructure. Attendees represented researchers from Japan, China, Korea and other Asian Countries, as well as Europe, South and North America. The keynote talks addressed important and critical themes and of current and future research in resilience. In the working sessions, the session chairs and several speakers from each region presented their visions of where the resilience of infrastructure and built environment needs to be to enable this interdisciplinary research area to better steward the built environment and make the global society more resilient to natural disasters, and what needs to be done to get there. Subsequently, small-group discussions were on design and improvement of new and existing structures and infrastructure, implementation in engineering practice to immediately affect the resilience of our communities, and emerging disciplines such as artificial intelligence and other fields to develop and adopt new civil/structural technologies and modeling tools. Different approaches in the world and their eventual synergetic effects on future development were examined and discussed, as well as ideas how to coordinate efforts among the world-leading engineering communities.
In addition to keynote and invitational presentations, the program included several working and brainstorming sessions aimed at developing recommendations and suggested action plans that will identify the challenges, motivations, applications, and impacts. The recommendations will be collected and published as a set of conclusions, resolutions and recommendations.
The first two days of the workshop took place at Liuyuan Hotel, hosted by Southeast University, in Nanjing, while the third day were held in Conference Hall, Tongji Architecture Design Group (TJAD), Shanghai, hosted by Tongji University.